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  •  Jumping the gun would backfire badly. (7+ / 0-)

    Look, I want Christie gone just as much as the next progressive.  But unless the New Jersey State Constitution has a dramatically lower threshold for impeachment than does the US Constitution (i.e. "high crimes and misdemeanors"), then pushing for impeachment now would introduce an element of rabid partisanship that would allow Christie to discredit the entire investigation(s), claiming that it's nothing but a partisan witch hunt.  Last I checked, mere incompetence is not an impeachable offense.  If it was, G.W. Bush would have been out of office by 2003.

    The more apolitical this process remains, the better.  The more nonpartisan this process remains, the better.  The longer this matter remains in the governmental & legal arena - and out of the political arena - the better:  The more credibility it retains, the more moral authority it retains.

    Allow the investigations to run their course.  Let the evidence against Christie continue to accumulate.  Once that evidence reaches critical mass, Christie will have no choice but to resign - or face impeachment.  In the meantime, it would be very counterproductive for you or me or anyone else to try to push him out.

    All that is necessary for the triumph of the Right is that progressives do nothing.

    by Mystic Michael on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 08:19:03 AM PST

    •  The NJ standard for impeachment is (3+ / 0-)
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      "misdemeanor committed during (the officeholder's) respective continuance in office."

      The Constitution does not refer to "high crimes" but I imagine that "misdemeanors" would encompass that, so it's arguably the same as the Federal standard.

      Unless Guadagno can be removed by impeachment (or recall), I see no point in trying to remove Christie.  Even then, with both of them out, the execrable ass-kissing Christiecrat rat Sweeney would become Governor.  Better, I think, to keep a wounded and powerless Christie in office.

      "Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.” ― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

      by penguins4peace on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 08:39:19 AM PST

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    •  I agree 100% (1+ / 0-)
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      The Democrats should gather all the evidence methodically, even if it takes a long time. I can't believe he was squeaky clean and then just pulled the GWB stunt, and tried to coerce the Hoboken Mayor. I am sure there's a lot more evidence of Christie misdeeds, now is a good time to uncover it.

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 06:22:47 PM PST

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